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Justice and Peace Studies: more practical than ever. 


What are graduates doing now?

A fair number of our grads spend a few years doing long-term volunteer work (Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Services, etc), or working in the nonprofit sector. 

Sara King '10 is working in the field of restorative justice at the Minnesota Department of Corrections. She coordinates volunteers and programming for incarcerated veterans as well as individuals convicted of sexual offending, homicide, and/or domestic violence. She currently sits on the board for the Minnesota Fellowship of Reconciliation (MNFOR) and the Minnesota Sex Offender Reentry Project (MNSORP).

Cara Lane ’04 joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Morocco after graduation. Lane is now working in a congressperson’s office in California.

Jessy Lecy ’01 pursued community development work in Bosnia for the American Refugee Committee after graduation. Lecy is now a Ph.D. candidate in Systems Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University.

Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:

Internships. The twin cities offer a remarkable collection of world-class nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. Over the years we have developed a wonderful set of institutional connections—locally, nationally and internationally—that provide our students with challenging internships that we design individually for them. We have placed students with a law firm working on immigration rights, at the capitol as a staff aid, at the Nonviolent Peaceforce international office, in the court system doing advocacy and court watching work, with Workers Interfaith Network organizing for labor rights, at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights as an educator, at the American Refugee Committee and at many other organizations. We also partner with HECUA – the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs which provides many internship sites overseas, Northern Ireland, Eccuador and Norway.

Study abroad and urban immersion. Many justice and peace studies students study in Ecuador, where they engage directly with local women’s groups, indigenous people’s organizations and youth advocacy programs. Other students go to Northern Ireland to study the history of “the troubles” and take part in internships where they learn practical conflict-resolution skills. Other popular destinations include South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Norway, Rome, India, Bangladesh and eastern Europe. Students also study locally, learning about community solutions to poverty at home. Internships at the state capitol teach them about the legislative process. Students have studied in St. Paul, examining how a large population can live in a sustainable way along the Mississippi River. Several programs also provide students with an opportunity to use their talents in creative writing and the arts to work on issues of justice and peace.  

Faculty research, presentations, publications, etc.

Justice and peace studies faculty members are very active in their field. Our professors use their talents locally, nationally and abroad on projects such as:

  • Running for public office while working to resolve global warming
  • Providing leadership development opportunities to help individuals and organizations imagine and implement democratic practices.
  • Helping medical professionals in Uganda analyze socioeconomic factors affecting health conditions.
  • Research and writing to develop peacemaking themes in Catholic social teaching.

What jobs are possible with a Justice and Peace Studies major?

  • Alternative dispute resolution or mediation services
  • Church-based policy analyst or social justice coordinator
  • Community development & empowerment
  • Consumer researcher
  • Criminologist
  • Development officer or grant writer for nonprofits
  • Employment counselor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Environmental advocate
  • Health policy planner
  • Human services
  • Industrial relations coordinator
  • International aid worker
  • Journalist, writer, editor
  • Labor relations coordinator
  • Lawyer
  • Market research analyst
  • Media administrator
  • Medical professional
  • Minister or priest
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Policy analyst
  • Politician
  • Professor or teacher
  • Public opinion pollster
  • Rehabilitation worker
  • School counselor
  • Senior citizen program coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Technical writer
  • United Nations employee
  • Volunteer services coordinator
  • Youth counselor
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